Anna Politkovskaja “Woman of the Year”

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Time Magazine has elected Putin “Person of the Year”. Many people are perplexed, but what they don’t know is that the Yeti and the incredible Hulk came in in second and third places respectively. It was no contest and the former Lieutenant Colonel of the KGB won hands down. There is, after all, an earlier precedent. In 1939, Time Magazine chose Stalin, the Nazis ally. The very same former seminarist that had invaded Poland in order to liberate the country from the grip of the reactionary Polish officials by means of a bullet to the back of the head in the Trenches of Katyn. A year earlier, Time Magazine had chosen Adolf Hitler as man of the year...
If Time Magazine can nominate Putin, then this blog’s choice for “Woman of the Year” is Anna Politkovskaja, the journalist who was killed Moscow in October 2006.
Here is her opinion of Putin, taken from her book entitled “Putin’s Russia”, published by Adelphi.


“Putin – son of the most evil of the country’s secret services – has been unable to excise the KGB Lieutenant Colonel that lives within him, and is therefore determined to straighten up his countrymen that love freedom. And so he suffocates any and every form of liberty, just as he always did in his earlier profession …
Breznyev was terrible, Andropov was bloodthirsty under his veneer of democracy, while Cernienko was an idiot. Gorbachov was unpopular. Occasionally Yeltsin caused us to make the sign of the cross while fearing the consequences of his decisions. The man that had been one of their bodyguards, assigned to echelon 25 with a duty to stand stock-still inside the security cordon while the VIP procession raced by, yes him, the very same Putin, was later to step onto the red carpet of the Kremlin. As the boss. Amongst the glistening golden relics of the Tsars, while the servants smiled submissively and his soldiers – all former KGB small-fry now assigned to very important roles – show their chests swollen with pride …
Putin has demonstrated on various occasions that he does not understand the very concept of debate. And even less so that of “political debate”: the man at the top does not discuss anything with those below him and, should anyone amongst those below him have the temerity to do so, he becomes an enemy. If Putin behaves in this manner, it is not simply because he is a congenital tyrant or a despot, but because that is the way he was taught. These are the classes that the KGB taught him about, and which he believes to be ideal, as he has stated on numerous occasions… That is the reason why he refuses to take part in pre-electoral debates: they are not his natural environment, he is unable to participate, and he is unable hold a conversation. His art is that of the monologue, his plan is that of the military: as a low-ranking soldier, was he obliged not to breathe? Now that I have reached the top of the ladder, I will speak, in fact I will hold a monologue, and the others must make as if they agree with me.” Anna Politkovskaja

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TIME magazine has made crystal clear that being the "person of the year" doesn't mean you have been a great person, but that you have had tremendous influence for the better or the worst during the last year.
I read Putin's interview and article. I found it really interesting and also I believe that bringing Putin to the world wide attention through such a profile, could actually have a positive effect. The more in the shadow the more he can do his own business. The more out there the more he will be monitored.

Posted by: Silvia Pavani | December 24, 2007 02:49 PM


Putin seems to be the Big Brother of Orwell in "1984"... Kassandra Projecy wrote this ten days ago.. :D

http://kassandraproject.wordpress.com/2007/12/10/russias-government-a-department-in-the-kremlin-corporation/

Wake up!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Manlio De Domenico | December 23, 2007 09:27 PM


Incredible. Putin as "Person of the Year" ?? Did someone at Time fall asleep for the last 8 years??

in "Spot the president", Dec 13th 2007, The Economist print edition
http://economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10286034

"Ever since he became acting president on the last day of 1999, Mr Putin has moved progressively to snuff out even the faintest flickers of democracy that he inherited from Boris Yeltsin. He has crushed opponents, emasculated the courts and parliament, eliminated independent broadcast media, scrapped the autonomy of Russia's regions and blatantly fixed elections. He has also brought most strategic industries, especially in the energy business, under state control. Abroad he has chosen to pursue an increasingly assertive, anti-Western foreign policy in the name of re-establishing Russia's greatness. These things can be expected to continue, only more so."

Posted by: Amara Graps | December 23, 2007 09:08 PM


It was a cowardly way out from having to pick Al Gore, or Huckabee. One might say that it was a political non-political decision.

Posted by: Rita Bixbi | December 23, 2007 06:23 PM


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